Audition Notice: Proof

Book by David Auburn
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

Directed by James Castle Stevens
Produced by Stephanie Harris

Audition Dates & Times: 

**TWO NIGHTS ONLY** Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16 (2019) at 7pm

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

July 12 through July 21, 2019
Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm

Audition Requirements: 

Auditioners will read from the script. Sides are available for download here:

ROBERT: 2 sides
HAL: 2 sides
CLAIRE: 1 side
CATHERINE: 5 sides (choose at least 2)

Printed sides will also be made available at the theatre during auditions. All roles are available; seeking all ethnicities.

This is an open call. No appointment is required. Non-union. NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

This critically acclaimed drama was the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony® Award for Best Play.

Catherine -- a troubled young woman on the eve of her 25th birthday -- has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness -- or genius -- will she inherit?

For More Information: 

Please contact the Director James Castle Stevens at

Character Breakdown: 

Catherine (F, 25), a college dropout, has spent several years at home caring for her mentally ill father. Their relationship, although sometimes antagonistic on the surface, was sustained by strong mutual affection. Although she is a highly intelligent woman, she has no direction in life. Catherine is worried that she may inherit her father’s illness, and the signs of mental instability are already there.

Robert (M, 50-60s) was a famous mathematician who has just died of a heart attack in his fifties. He is already dead when the play begins, but he appears in the first scene in Catherine’s imagination and returns in two later scenes, which flash back to earlier years. Robert was afflicted by a serious mental illness which dogged the remainder of his life. He became so incapacitated that his daughter Catherine had to stay at home to care for him. Robert had a deep affection for Catherine.

Claire (F, late 20s-early 30s) is Catherine’s twenty-nine-year-old efficient, practical, and successful sister. Unlike Catherine, she has inherited none of her father’s erratic genius. Instead, she has made a career in New York as a currency analyst. Claire and Catherine have never gotten along well. Claire feels responsible for Catherine’s welfare and wants her to move to New York, but Catherine resents what she sees as Claire’s interference in her life.

Hal (M, 28) is a twenty-eight-year-old mathematician who teaches at the University of Chicago. He also plays drums in a rock band made up of mathematicians. Hal is a former student of Robert’s, whom he admired immensely, not only for the brilliance of his achievements in mathematics but because Robert helped him through a bad patch in his doctoral studies. Hal first met Catherine briefly four years earlier, and when he meets her again (in an attempt to find any redeemable work by Robert in his later years), he quickly becomes romantically involved.